In victory speech, Trump vows to work ‘for all Americans’

In victory speech, Trump vows to work ‘for all Americans’

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US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016 (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

US president-elect Donald Trump extended a conciliatory hand to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in his victory speech in New York early Wednesday, after Hillary Clinton conceded the US presidential election to the Republican.


Trump said it’s “time for us to come together,” pledging to be president “for all Americans.” He thanked Clinton, who called him to concede the result, for all her national service and congratulated her on a well-fought race.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said during his speech claiming a stunning victory in the White House race.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans.”

He said he plans to rebuild America, emphasizing development of transportation infrastructure and boosting the economy and “doubling growth” in the coming years.

Trump said he intends to deal fairly with all nations.

“We’ll get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.”

His triumph over Hillary Clinton, not declared until well after midnight EST, will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. Trump has pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke America’s nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.

The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others.

Global stock markets and US stock futures plunged, reflecting investor concern over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.

A New York real estate developer who lives in a sparkling Manhattan high-rise, Trump forged a striking connection with white, working class Americans who feel left behind in a changing economy and diversifying country. He cast immigration, both from Latin America and the Middle East, as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans and tapped into fears of terrorism emanating at home and abroad.

Trump will take office with Congress fully under Republican control. GOP Senate candidates fended off Democratic challengers in key states, including North Carolina, Indiana and Wisconsin. Republicans also maintained their grip on the House.

Senate control means Trump will have great leeway in appointing Supreme Court justices, which could mean a shift to the right that would last for decades.


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